Traffic Accidents Downward Trend Drastically Reverses in 2015

Prior to 2015, traffic accidents were progressively on the decline. That trend drastically changed last year when traffic deaths climbed by almost 10%.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates that there were more than 26,000 traffic fatalities in the first three quarters of 2015, compared to the almost 24,000 road fatalities in the first three quarters of 2014. That’s an almost 10% jump.

The region that includes Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Montana had an increase that was double the average, at 20%.

While the NHTSA claims that it’s too early to speculate about the reasons for this spike, I will go out on a limb here and say that it’s primarily due to cell devices and the dangerous practice of texting, talking and surfing the web while driving and that, until we find a way to curb this, we’ll continue to see an increase.


OSHA’s Top 10 Violations for 2015

OSHA released the preliminary report of the top 10 violations for 2015 this week. They are as follows:

1.       Fall Protection (1926.501) – 6,721

2.       Hazard Communication (1910.1200) – 5,192

3.       Scaffolding (1926.451) – 4,295

4.       Respiratory Protection (1910.134) – 3,305

5.       Lockout/Tagout (1910.147) – 3,002

6.       Powered Industrial Trucks (1910.178) – 2,760

7.       Ladders (1926.1053) – 2,489

8.       Electrical – Wiring Methods (1910.305) – 2,404

9.       Machine Guarding (1910.212) – 2,295

10.    Electrical – General Requirements (1910.303) – 1,973

The number of violations increased over 2014 pointing to the fact that OSHA was busier this year. The only other notable change of 2014 was the fact that “Ladders” and “Electrical – Wiring Methods” traded places (Ladders was in 8th place in 2014 and 7th place in 2015 while “Electrical – Wiring Methods” was was 7th in 2014 and 8th this year).

Changes in Confined Space Standard

In case you didn’t know it OSHA’s new standard for confined space work goes into effect August 3, 2015. That’s just around the corner and you’re going to be help accountable for the changes if you or anyone who works for you must enter a confined space.

Check out and download the new standard by clicking on the image below.

Be forewarned, it’s a 162 pages. On the plus side, you’ve still got about 3 weeks to read it.


OSHA Priorities for 2015

OSHA has just published its’ list of priorities for the coming year 2015, Among its’ top priorities….

  • Wages for Open Range Herding and Livestock Occupations
  • Bloodborne Pathogens
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Chemical Management and Permissible Exposure Limits (PELs)
  • Process Safety Management and Prevention of Major Chemical Accidents
  • Shipyard Fall Protection–Scaffolds, Ladders and Other Working Surfaces
  • Communication Towers
  • Emergency Response and Preparedness
  • Occupational Exposure to Crystalline Silica
  • Occupational Exposure to Beryllium
  • Amendments to the Cranes and Derricks in Construction Standard
  • Clarification of Employer’s Continuing Obligation to Make and Maintain Accurate Records of Each Recordable Injury and Illness
  • Updating OSHA Standards Based on National Consensus Standards Eye and Face Protection
  • Confined Spaces in Construction
  • Walking Working Surfaces and Personal Fall Protection Systems (Slips, Trips, and Fall Prevention)
  • Improve Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses
  • Refuge Alternatives for Underground Coal Mines; Limited Reopening of the Record
  • Exposure of Underground Miners to Diesel Exhaust
  • Examination of Working Places in Metal and Nonmetal Mines
  • Respirable Crystalline Silica
  • Proximity Detection Systems for Mobile Machines in Underground Mines
  • Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act: Transmission of Documents and Information

Read the complete list with details here.